Burnt Church Midsummer Arts Festival

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 17:21 -- SandraBunting

Burnt Church Midsummer Festival 

The Strawberry Readings, Art, Crafts and Tea

Presented by Words on Water and the Burnt Church/New Jersey Historical Society of Church River Inc.


Senior’s Hall, 402 Burnt Church Rd., Burnt Church, NB, E9G 2G2  (Tea, Historical Display, and Exhibition of Quilts)

409 Burnt Church Rd., Burnt Church, NB, E9G4C9 (Readings, Art, Crafts, Shadow Puppets

When: 10AM-5PM, Saturday, July 23

Burnt Church is a small community located on Miramichi Bay. It is separate from the native community Esgenoôpetitj but good relations prevail. The Burnt Church/New Jersey community is made up of mainly Scottish settlers. The area has a rich heritage of shipbuilding, canning and other industries besides a strong fishing tradition and tourism in the summer. 2016 is the 225th year of the first settler in Burnt Church, John Davidson. 


En plein air: Readings in non-fiction, fiction and poetry: Doug Underhill, Kelly Underhill, Judy Bowman, Cindy Rule, Aine Holder, Marsha McNamara, Sandra Bunting and others. Most of the writers are members of the Miramichi-based Words on Water Literary Group and of the NB Writers’ Federation. 2pm

Visual Artists: Courtney Savoy-Joe, Cheryl Savoy, Laura Comeau, Stacy Underhill, Vanessa Pesch and Jayshree Rai  and others. Some artists will be painting in nature.

10 AM – 5 PM

Fine Crafts: Charles Savoy and others  2 pm – 5 PM

Strawberry Tea: An Old-fashioned Tea organized by the Burnt Church/ New Jersey Historical Society at the old Burnt Church old schoolhouse, now the Senior’s Hall  (from 1 PM – 3PM)

The book on the history of Burnt Church and New Jersey will be on display (and for sale) as well as many historical documents. There will be an exhibition of hooked rugs and quilts.

Exploring Shadows
This is an introductory workshop into the art of shadow puppetry, which will cover some basic techniques in designing, constructing and manipulating shadow puppets. Participants will be invited to make their own puppets and experiment with performing with them using light and shadows. This workshop is accessible for both adults and children as long as they are comfortable with using scissors, blades and other sharp equipment used in constructing shadow puppets. $5 for materials. Maximum 8.  Reservations necessary. Time and Place to be confirmed.

More information will be forthcoming. Contact: sandra.bunting@gmail.com

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